Cooper-Made Large Bold Lidded Wooden Tankard

Northeast, ca. 18th century. Pine staves held by two large groups of ash bands, the handle and lid carved from pine, the lid joined to the handle so that it lifts up and down via a wooden pin. Deep patina. Note how the bands decoratively terminate in a overlapping contours. Lidded tankards typically held ale, the lid to protect the brew from insects. Steep slope from the base to the lid, the broad base giving it stability from tipping. Exceptional condition with minor ancient loss of a section of one band. Accession or inventory label underneath reads: Am. Tankard. About 10 inches tall to the top of the handle. Base diameter 7 1/8. Private New England collection. See “Early American Antique Country Furnishings”, Neumann, for a very similar example.

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